I WOULD very much like to clear up some ill-formed opinions on both the Bunny and the Gold King Festival by Mr Robert Kelly.
Firstly, neither the Buninyong Football Netball Club or the now Feel-Good Festival are run by bureaucrats or wowsers - they are run by people who are just normal everyday citizens like schoolteachers, accountants, builders, owners of their own business etc who love Buninyong.
All of those people who hold the top jobs lead those who will follow with the utmost integrity for the betterment of the Buninyong community.
Now the Bunny is currently in the care of myself and is displayed each year at our past players day of the Buninyong Football Netball Club.
The Bunny is part of our rich history and I can personally assure you it is well documented and will never be forgotten.
I do know that if the Ballarat City Council does the right thing by the Buninyong Club the Bunny will again be on display for all to admire along with the club's new mascot the Bomber.
As a matter of interest I am now talking about bureaucrats, not the councillors but the big money earners of council - the boys who make the decisions.
The Feel Good Festival came into being after the demise of the Gold King Festival which did not run for a short period of time.
Just as a matter of interest, the Gold King Festival came into being after the Buninyong Festival which was the idea of Mavis Bath, Len Cassalla, Peter MacDonald and Tom Mahoney over a cup of tea at a Buninyong Primary School Reunion in 1974.
After many meetings, a committee was formed headed by Michael Boyd as president, myself as secretary and John MacCarty as the treasurer and the first Buninyong Festival was held in February 1976.
From those humble beginnings the Gold King Festival was also born.
What is needed in our community, of which we are all members, are volunteers to help run these organisations and battle the bureaucrats in our society who will constantly erect barriers that need to be removed or modified.
An example is to take your grandchild up to the Buninyong Community Facility to play on the oval or the cricket nets or the playground then tell me where you can take he or she to the toilet when they need to go. There are no public toilets. Just one example.